Thursday, December 20, 2007

PATIENTS! REVOLT!!! Remember Nataline!


Young Nataline Sarkisyan, 17, "survived two bouts of cancer, and against all odds has been stable even with so many of her organs not working, only to be told that she cannot get the only treatment that will save her life because some administrator in some office thinks it is too expensive," commented Hilda Sarkisyan, Nataline's mother.

What is it when you have the means to save someone's life, but you deny that person the help? Are you a murderer? And given that you do it for profit, what does that make you? An assassin?

CIGNA, acting like every other private health insurance company in America, told Nataline Sarkisyan and her family that they would not approve a liver transplant for her even though it is what is needed to save her life. Even though four of her UCLA physicians said that Nataline “currently meets criteria to be listed as Status 1A” for a transplant. Even though a liver transplant in her case would not be experimental or investigational, but rather life saving. Even though it is the humane thing to do. Even though it is the right thing to do. Even though CIGNA has the funds to cover such services for their enrollees. CIGNA, acting like every other private health insurance company in America, denied Nataline her transplant and her chance to live to become an adult.

What do you call someone who does that?

And what can you do about it?

Well, those that know and love Nataline in her family and community as well as those that had never met her started advocating for her; started protesting for her; started calling and complaining and demonstrating for her.

We started a REVOLT and made CIGNA do the right thing.

CIGNA announced today, December 20th, that they will approve a liver transplant for Nataline. One week too late for the liver that was offered her on the 14th. And as it now sadly turns out too late to save her life.

This evening, Nataline took a turn for the worse and passed away.

As I asked before, what do you call people who have the ability to prevent someone from dying and yet they don't do it?

I call it immoral and criminal.

Now what must we do?

Keep up the action. Keep uniting with more and more Americans who want Health Care Justice. NO more denials. NO more overriding the judgment of medical specialists.

We want to be able to get the care we need when we need it. I was about to say "without an Act of Congress" to be rhetorical, but in actual fact that is exactly what we need. The Act of Congress that would pass HR 676 the Improved and Expanded Medicare for All bill.

PATIENTS (that's all of us) ARISE and REVOLT! No more heart-broken families! Remember Nataline!

2 Comments:

Anonymous jacksmith said...

Insurance mandates are not universal health care. And politicians should stop calling it that. Nothing is Universal Health Care except "Single Payer Not For Profit Tax Supported Government Managed Health Care" (HR 676). Insurance mandates will be worse than what you have now. And what you have now is a complete, and total disgrace, and horror show. Insurance mandates will (require) you to buy insurance from the private insurance companies that have been ripping you off, and killing you by the thousands.

The #1 cause of injury, disability, and DEATH in America is, Health Care. More people die now from contact with the American Medical Health Care system than from any other cause of death. More than from Cancer, Heart disease, or Stroke. More than any other country in the world. Many times more than any other people in the world. Contact with the American medical health care system is the #1 risk factor now for injury, disability, and premature DEATH in America. This fact is a catastrophic indictment of the entire US Health Care System.

Driven by greed. And a rush to profit. Thousands of Americans are killed, and injured daily in America. By compromised health care. Cutting corners. Over, and under treatments. And poisonings with all manor of toxic, poisonous pharmaceuticals. Especially the children. America only makes up 2-4% of the world population. But Americans buy, and consume 50% of all pharmaceuticals world wide.

This is an emergency. America is in a crisis. And more Americans have died from this health care crisis than have died in all the wars in US history.

But the tide has turned. And the message is getting out. And taking hold about the fact that we have a very serious, and major health care crisis going on in America. Hurting everyone. Especially our precious little children. Rich, and poor alike. And most all Americans seem to understand now that "HR 676 Not For Profit Single Payer Universal National Health Care For All (Medicare For All)" is the way to go. Like all the other developed countries have done. Americans want government managed, tax payer supported health care Now. Medicare for all. Like other developed countries have. And like older Americans have now. Accept no substitute.

I am sick and tired of hearing how the candidates, and politicians health care plans are going to protect, and preserve the private for profit health insurance companies that have been killing, and ripping off the American people. And now the politicians want to mandate (require) that every American has to support the private for profit insurance company's that have been killing, and ripping you off. Or you will be fined, and PENALIZED. Thats right. PENALIZED. Ridiculous! The politicians really think you are all detached idiots. CASH COWS! To lead to the slaughter. Don't put up with that.

Just look at what is already happening with Massachusetts insurance mandates. It's a catastrophe. Financially, and medically for all the people of Massachusetts. And the private insurance companies just raised their rates by as much as 16%. And everyone has to pay now. It's a slaughter.

It's NOW TIME to bring out the BIG GUNS!! The BIG GUNS!! are you. The American people. And anyone else that wants to help. From now until HR 676 is passed into law. I want every person to reach out and touch their fellow Americans every day if you can. I want you to take a phone book. And call at least one of your fellow Americans every day. And ask them to pickup the sword of HR 676 Single Payer Not For Profit Universal Health Care For All (Medicare For All).

Call more than one each day if you can. And ask them to do the same as you are doing if they can. And also to put maximum pressure on their politicians to get HR 676 done. And to make sure their politicians support HR 676. Accept no substitute. HR 676 is a no-brainer. It's the best way to go on health care. It's the only moral, and ethical way to go. That is why every other developed country has done it. Most did it years ago. See sickocure.org, and http://www.house.gov/conyers/news_hr676.htm

I know that many of you have been doing a fabulous job of spreading the word by talking it up with family, friends, and co-workers. And putting pressure on the politicians to get HR 676 done ASAP. The phone calls to your fellow Americans will increase the pressure. And increase momentum for HR 676 at an astonishing, and exponential rate. And I know many of you have been wanting to do something more to help. The phone calls to your fellow Americans is something you can do every day to help.

Trust me. It will be something to see. But you have to keep the focus, and pressure on getting HR 676 passed pronto. They will try to distract you. With all manor of other crises, and catastrophes. And other plans. Don't be distracted. HR 676 Single Payer Not For Profit Universal Health Care is the #1 concern of the American people. Thousands of Americans are dieing daily now. And you or your loved ones could be next.

There is no good reason HR 676 cannot be passed into law well before the coming elections. And SCHIP should have been passed by now. Even if it was for 3x the 35 billion congress ask for. Do not tolerate delays. If it is not passed before the coming elections. All America will know which politicians are on the side of the American people. And which are not when they vote. Well before the elections. This is supposed to be a democracy. And well over the majority of Americans want tax payer supported single payer government managed health care for free for all Americans as a right. Many of the politicians will be soliciting your financial, and political support for the coming elections. Make sure you send a note telling them that you expect them to support HR 676 if they expect you to support them.

Everyone can do this. Most of you are well informed about HR 676. This truly is one of those no-brainers. Be considerate of your fellow Americans when you call. But be comfortable about calling. These are your fellow Americans. Some will be receptive. And some will not be. Some maybe rude, and mean. Just thank them, and move on to the next. Most will be with you. And if you get a call from one of your fellow Americans about HR 676. Let them know you are already on board. And thank them for calling. Build them up. And keep them strong. They are fighting for all of us.

Keep fighting. Pickup that phone, and call your fellow Americans. It's the right thing to do. You will win. Bless you all...

10:43 PM  
Blogger Nursedude said...

This entire, sorry episode made me think back to what Kaiser Permanente did years ago putting gag orders on doctors so that they could not talk about breast cancer treatments with patients...and how many women died because of it. I cannot think of the last time a medical story in the news pissed me off so much.

3:48 AM  

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